ESC 2015: EBU & ORF press conference sum-up

Building Bridges theme

The EBU and ORF held a press conference on Tuesday evening just hours before the live first semi-final. Jon Ola Sand and Sietse Bakker from EBU as well as Alexander Wrabetz and Edgar Böhm from ORF were present.

Voting, accreditation, booing

Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand highlighted three main topics in his speech. These were voting, accreditation and booing at Russia in last year’s contest.

The jurors voted in the first semi-final already yesterday based on the second dress rehearsal performances.

– The jury voting went very well yesterday, no incidents to report. I’m pleased to say that all broadcasters were happy with their performances yesterday.

About accreditation, Sand said that they have become much more strict when it comes to granting accreditations. This is to avoid granting unnecessary accreditations. Sand continued on the next topic – booing.

– It was a very uncomfortable situation last year when Russia was booed. Two 17 year-old girls represented the country and they were crying after their performance backstage.

Sand emphasized that booing is not acceptable in any form at Eurovision and that political messages must be left outside the arena.

– We can not let Eurovision turn into a political circus, that would be the end to the contest.

45 countries to broadcast Eurovision 2015

In addition to 40 participating countries, Eurovision 2015 is being broadcat in Ukraine, Kosovo, China, Canada and New Zealand. Also live streaming on YouTube is introduced, including sign language. The app voting is possible again during the shows. This year the app is available for Windows Phone as well.

Twitter hashflags are introduced as well for the first time. The hashtags are also shown on screen after the country name.